Lycoming at Westminster (Pa.) Game Notes
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The game notes for the Westminster College football team's home game vs. Lycoming on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. are now online. The notes are best viewed in .pdf format by clicking here.
LYCOMING COLLEGE WARRIORS
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE TITANS
Saturday, Sept. 10 - 1 p.m.
Harold Burry Stadium - New Wilmington, Pa.
Radio: WWNW-FM 88.9 (www.titanradio.net)
TV: WCN, Replay on Monday at 7 p.m. (www.wcnlive.com)
Live Stats: click here
For a second straight year Westminster enters the Lycoming game a week after a season-opening win over Hiram. The Titans finished 2-8 last year and they return 13 starters including all offensive backs and receivers. Senior QB Shawn Lehocky is in his second year as a starter and he ranks ninth in team history with 2,869 passing yards including 155-of-293 for 1,726 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. His favorite target will likely be junior receiver Geno Pasquinelli, a second-team all-PAC selection, who caught 48 passes for 514 yards and six touchdowns last year. The defense will be led by junior LB Aaron Nauer, a second-team all-PAC pick who posted 61 tackles last year while leading the team with 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks and six pass break-ups.
Lycoming is coming off an 8-6 upset win over No. 22-ranked Rowan at home last week. The Warriors are now receiving votes for the D3football.com poll. Lycoming was picked to finish second in the MAC preseason coaches' poll. Junior RB Parker Showers led the Warriors last week vs. Rowan with 94 rushing yards and sophomore K Zack Czap made two first-half field goals that were sandwiched around a two-point safety. The Warriors went 6-4 last year and 4-3 for fourth place in the MAC. They returned nine defensive starters from a unit that ranked second in the MAC last year. Lycoming also welcomed back six offensive starters back including four offensive linemen and junior QB Zach Klinger who threw for 1,770 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Senior DB Ray Bierbach was an honorable mention All-American by D3football.com last year.
TITANS' LAST GAME
Westminster won its opener over Hiram, 17-7, Saturday in the second home night game in team history. The Titans tied a school record with five fumble recoveries, two of which resulted in scoring drives that were capped off by 6-yard touchdown runs by junior RB John Proano. Proano rushed 19 times for 43 yards to go with a career-high two touchdowns. Sophomore K Zac Henry kicked a 22-yard field goal. After Westminster led 17-0 in the second quarter, Hiram scored a touchdown and was driving again before halftime. However, junior safety Kyle Allen posted his sixth career interception as he picked off a Hiram pass on the 1-yard line. Hiram outgained Westminster 188-176 in total yards including 108-73 in rushing yards. Sophomore LB Nate Moot and sophomore DB Dylan Heitmeier led the Titans with eight tackles apiece.
Westminster seventh-year head coach Jeff Hand is 23-38 (.377) as the Titans' coach and 60-62 (.492) for his 13-year career, which includes two other head-coaching jobs (Benedictine (Ill.), Waynesburg). A 1992 Clarion graduate, Hand's best season was in 2003 when he guided Waynesburg to the PAC championship and an NCAA playoff appearance with a 9-2 record. Lycoming head coach Mike Clark is in his fourth season at his alma mater ('93) with a career record of 18-14 (.563).
Westminster leads the all-time series vs. Lycoming 2-1 including last year's 40-10 loss in Williamsport. Lycoming is the only current MAC school that Westminster has ever played. This is the second year of a two-year series between PAC and MAC schools called the "PAC-MAC Challenge." Last year, PAC teams posted a 2-6 record against the MAC with seven games hosted by MAC schools. This year, seven of the eight games will be hosted by PAC schools against the same opponents as last year.
Series Started: 1970 (WC won 28-0)
Series Record: WC leads 2-1
Current Win Streak: Lycoming 1
Longest WC Win Streak: 2
Longest Lycoming Win Streak: 1
Largest Margin WC win: 28-0 in 1970
Largest Margin Lycoming win: 40-10 in 2010
Last Five Meetings: Westminster leads 2-1
2010: at Lycoming 40, Westminster 10
1970: Westminster 28, at Lycoming 0
1971: at Westminster 25, Hiram 13
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Sept. 11, 2010) -- Westminster surrendered 23 unanswered points in the second half and lost its first game of the 2010 season, 40-10, at Lycoming (1-1). Westminster trailed 14-0 before running an offensive play, but the Titans were able to whittle the deficit to 17-10 at halftime. Lycoming outgained Westminster, 466-254, in total yards as RB Josh Kleinfelter rushed 33 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Lycoming QB Zach Klinger threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Wagaman on the Warriors' first play from scrimmage after Parker Showers returned the opening kickoff 58 yards. The Titans fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Klinger threw a 20-yard touchdown strike to Mark Ryan to put Lycoming up 14-0. Westminster scored its lone touchdown with 1:20 remaining in the first half when freshman WR Collin Wallace caught his first career touchdown pass, a 17-yarder from junior QB Shawn Lehocky. Wallace finished with four catches for 57 yards. Lehocky completed 19 of 31 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Sophomore RB Logan Belinda led the Titans on the ground with nine carries for 48 yards, both career highs.
In the season-opening win over Hiram the Titans had nine players (5 defense) making their first career starts. Two players, junior S Kyle Allen and senior CB Jordon Rooney, are beginning their third years as starters and eight players who were first-year starters last year made starts. An additional three players who started at least one game entering the season started vs. Hiram including junior LB Derrick Orloski who started five games as a DB last year. Rooney, Allen, senior QB Shawn Lehocky and senior RT Adam Fueller are the only returners who started all 10 games last year and Rooney holds the team's longest start streak at 21 games followed by Allen (13) and Fueller (12).
ALL IN WITH ALLEN
Junior S Kyle Allen led the PAC and ranked 42nd in the nation with a 24.7 kickoff return average last year. He was named second team all-PAC as a return specialist. The only Titan in his junior class to start as a freshman, Allen ranked fifth on the team last year with 50 tackles to go with one interception and two pass break-ups. He had his sixth career interception last week vs. Hiram. Allen became the first Westminster player to return a kickoff and an interception for a touchdown in the same season last year since two-time All-American Aldridge Jones accomplished the feat in 1991. Allen's fifth career interception was returned for his first career touchdown 33 yards at Hiram in the 2010 opener. It was only the team's third "pick six" since 2005. Allen then returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown vs. Grove City. It marked only the team's third kickoff return for a touchdown since Jones last played in 1993 and the first since Sean Buggey's school-record 100-yarder in 2005.
Junior OLB Aaron Nauer earned a second-team nod for all-PAC last year after he led the Titans with 18 tackles for loss (71 yards), 7 sacks (42 yards), 2 forced fumbles, and 6 pass break-ups (all on batted down passes including three vs. Thiel). Nauer ranked second in the PAC and 12th in the nation in tackles for loss. In the PAC he also ranked fourth in forced fumbles, sixth in sacks, 12th in pass defenses, and 21st in tackles. The team's top returning tackler from the 2010 season, Nauer ranked fourth on the team with 61 stops. Nauer was credited for three tackles and a pass break-up in week one vs. Hiram.
LIKE A PRO
Junior RB John Proano set a career high with two touchdown runs last week vs. Hiram after rushing for 43 yards on 19 carries. Proano's career-high 123 yards on 23 carries and 1 TD came in his debut as a starter in the season opener at Hiram last year. He finished as the team's leading rusher with 530 yards on 121 totes and two scores. Proano, who also rushed for 110 yards vs. Saint Vincent, is the eighth Titan since 1992 with at least two 100-yard rushing games.
LEHOCKY THE LEADER
Senior QB Shawn Lehocky moved into ninth place on Westminster's career passing list vs. Hiram as his 103 yards on 16-of-25 passing gave him 2,869 yards, moving him ahead of Gene McNamara who threw for 2,859 yards from 1969-72. Lehocky needs 41 yards to move into eighth place, which is occupied by Steve Kraus with 2,910 yards from 1975-78. Lehocky ranked fifth in the PAC last year with 172.6 passing yards per game (155-293 for 1,726, 14 TDs, 16 interceptions). He's also a threat to run the ball. As a platoon quarterback in 2009, he rushed for 446 yards and seven TDs including 112 yards and two scores vs. Waynesburg to become the team's first-ever quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. Lehocky's career highs are 256 passing yards (Saint Vincent, 2010), 20 completions (Grove City, Thomas More, 2010), 40 pass attempts (Grove City), 3 passing touchdowns (Bethany, 2010; Waynesburg, 2009), 3 interceptions (Grove City, 2010), 112 rushing yards (Waynesburg, 2009), 2 rushing touchdowns (Waynesburg, 2009), and 19 rushing attempts (Waynesburg, 2010).
PASSING TO PASQUINELLI
Junior WR Geno Pasquinelli, a second team all-PAC pick last year, has caught at least five passes in his last eight games including six for 46 yards vs. Hiram last week. Last year, he ranked second in the PAC with 5.3 receptions per game and fifth with 57.1 receiving yards per game despite not starting until the fifth game of the season because of an injury. He's the only player in school history to catch at least six passes in six straight games, including a career-high eight catches (for 92 yards) and a career-high two touchdowns at Waynesburg last year. His career high for receiving yards is 129 (on 6 catches) vs. Bethany. Pasquinelli tied a school record in 2010 with a five-game touchdown reception streak and his six total touchdowns led the team.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
Westminster's four captains as voted by the players for the 2011 season are senior DL Ryan Budziszewski, senior OL Adam Fueller, senior QB Shawn Lehocky and senior CB Jordon Rooney. This is Lehocky's second year as a captain.
Senior CB Jordon Rooney has started 21 straight games, the most on the team, since he converted from a receiver to a defensive back after his freshman year. Rooney, who twice received an honorable mention for the all-PAC team, led the Titans with three interceptions last year giving him four for his career. He also had 15 tackles, two pass break-ups and two blocked kicks in 2010. Rooney intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal in the 35-0 win over Thiel last year to become the first Titan since Tom Froelich in the 2003 to post an interception and a blocked kick in the same game. Rooney's two blocked kicks last year were the most since Froelich posted a school-record four blocks in 2003.
NO OFFENSE TAKEN
Westminster (176) and Hiram (188) combined for 364 total yards, marking the fewest combined yards in a Westminster game since the Titans (53) beat Geneva (246), 12-7, in 2001 with 299 combined total yards. In that game, Geneva surrendered 119 penalty yards and Westminster scored on two interception returns for touchdowns. Westminster's 176 total yards vs. Hiram last week were also the Titans' fewest since they gained 153 yards in a 34-0 loss to Thiel in 2005. The Titans held Hiram to just 188 total yards, the fewest against any team since they held Hiram to 107 yards in a 38-7 win in 2005. In 58 games between the 2005 win over Hiram and last week's win over Hiram, the Titans have held one team to under 200 total yards (191 last year vs. Thiel).
TURNING THE TIDE
Westminster tied a school record with five fumble recoveries against Hiram. Only two other times in school have the Titans recovered five fumbles. The last time was Nov. 18, 1989 in a 29-9 win over Georgetown (Ky. ) at home in the NAIA playoffs. The first time was Nov. 15, 1986 in a 14-7 loss at Clarion. All five fumble recoveries vs. Hiram were made by five different Titans. Hiram fumbled seven times, twice recovering its own fumbles. The Titans start the 2011 season with a +5 turnover margin after ending the 2010 season at a minus-16 margin, which ranked 226th out of 236 teams in Division III.
The Westminster coaching staff announced the game week awards for the Hiram game. Scout team players of the week were sophomore QB Zach Hoffman (offense) and freshman LB Trevor Sahagian (defense). The "Mental Attitude" award went to sophomore QB/LS Tommy Turnbull. Senior WR John Baummer laid the "Big Hit" and junior S Kyle Allen's second-quarter interception was the "Big Play." The most valuable players went to sophomore K Zac Henry (special teams), junior RB John Proano (offense) and junior LB Derrick Orloski (defense).
- Westminster is 11-6 in its last 17 home games including 2-1 in its last three and a perfect 5-0 in the 2008 season.
- The Titans look to start a season 2-0 for the first time since 2007 when they beat Allegheny and Saint Vincent on the road to start the season.
- After four failed tries since 2002, Westminster's win over Hiram was the first time the Titans won a season opener at home since beating Walsh 27-14 in 2000.
- Junior LB Derrick Orloski had two sacks for seven yards vs. Hiram marking the seventh time since 2005 that a Titan player had two or more sacks in a game.
- Westminster led the PAC last year with 21.2 kickoff return yards per attempt.
- The Titans were the least penalized team in the PAC last year with 52.2 yards per game.
- Senior WR John Baummer may not be one of the Titans' returning starters this year because he sat out last year, but he started in 2009 (29 catches for 393 yards, TD) and he played a lot in 2008 (17-240, TD).
- Westminster's losing season last year was just the team's eighth in 60 seasons dating back to 1951 and for only the third time since 1951 the Titans had back-to-back losing seasons (1998-99, 2005-06).
- Sophomore RB Tyler Banks' 95 rushing yards at Waynesburg last year were the most by a Westminster freshman since Scott Froelich, the school's second all-time rushing leader, rushed for 198 yards at Waynesburg in 2001.
- Westminster is 11-4 since 2007 when it has a player rush for 100 yards or more in a game.
- Since 2004, the Titans are 10-1 when they rush for 200 yards (only loss was last year's season finale at Geneva).
- Westminster was picked eighth in the 2011 PAC preseason poll and three-time defending champion Thomas More is once again the favorite.
Westminster has a 71% winning percentage since 1952 (399-157-10), including 47 winning seasons, 11 undefeated regular seasons, and six national championships (NAIA Division II 1970, '76, '77, '88, '89, and '94). Westminster has an all-time record of 573-401-54 (.583) and its 573 wins is tied for ninth with St. John's (Minn.) amongst current NCAA Division III programs. Westminster also has four representatives enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. They include QB Harold Davis (1953-56) in the Class of 2004, coach Joe Fusco (1972-90) in the Class of 2001, OG/LB Larry Pugh (1961-64) in the Class of 1998, and coach Harold Burry (1952-71) in the inaugural non-NCAA Division I Class of 1996.
TITANS ON THE RADIO
All Westminster football games, home and away, are carried live on WWNW 88.9 FM throughout Lawrence County at 4,000 watts and live and archived on the Internet at titanradio.net and westminster.edu/athletics. Calling the action will be Dr. Dave Barner on play-by-play, along with Westminster senior Marshall Cupelli as color analyst. New for the 2011 season, fans can listen to broadcasts on their smart phones or mobile devices by downloading a free application online at tunein.com/mobile. Once linked, listeners can access Titan Radio by typing "WWNW" or "Titan Radio" in the application search box and those who live locally can already see the station under the local radio tab.
TITANS ON TV
The Westminster Cable Network (WCN) will telecast all home games live on television and on an online video stream at wcnlive.com with archived games available online. All games, home and away, will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Mondays at 7 p.m. Games can be seen on Armstrong Cable (Channel 72 (basic) in New Wilmington; Channel 204 in Grove City, Mercer and Slippery Rock -- basic-only users in that area tune to 92-12), and on Comcast Cable (Channel 183 in Lawrence County). Westminster senior Bradford Arick will call the play-by-play with former Titan football coach Scott Renninger for home games. Head coach Jeff Hand also appears on the WCN show "Coaches Corner" that airs Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
TITANS ON THE BLOG
Senior QB Shawn Lehocky writes a weekly diary that can be found on the Titan Sports Blog at westminster.edu/athletics/blog.cfm.